SooToday obtained the next letter from JJ Hilsinger, the proprietor of The Watertower Inn, with reference to opening up companies within the North:
Good day, Premier Ford and MPP Ross Romano and different associated people and teams.
It’s Time for enterprise within the north to get a inexperienced mild and open in 10 days or much less!
I communicate from a big full-service Inn, the Water Tower Inn, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This space is usually often called Northern Ontario, nevertheless, the reference is way from actuality if you take a look at a map of the province. I say this as a result of from simply north of Toronto, round Barrie, the notion of Southern Ontario ends and the north begins….with 95 per cent or so of the landmass and with lower than 1,000,000 occupants within the North.
Nevertheless, the federal government of Ontario by no means appears to grasp the distinction in way of life, in inhabitants density, and now in our profitable containment of Covid-19 over the past 10 weeks within the North.
Our well being authorities and front-line staff have led the way in which. We buckled down for two ½ months of isolation and we have been profitable. Now, authorities ought to open the door to small enterprise opening up.
This Inn is presently promoting rooms and take out meals. Nevertheless, we have to totally open our restaurant and pool facility so friends travelling throughout Canada or these searching for native keep–cations could be served. Extra room gross sales are essential to our survival. We are able to rely!
Grocery shops have been compelled to rely however folks nonetheless bump up in slim aisles. Multi-product large packing containers are open, counting, however then after standing in lengthy traces their prospects excitedly cluster across the marketed particular shows. Massive industries by no means closed. Crowded kitchens in quick meals locations by no means closed. Nonetheless, no COVID circumstances.
We are able to rely and distance and management!
In our full-service Inn, we’ve been performing this manner for the reason that doorways opened in 1974. We rely and management occupants for disruptive behaviour in 176 rooms. We’re licensed for occupancy limitations by the AGCO in our eating places. Our swimming pools have a said capability that we monitor underneath well being rules.
Now, we’re hurting, dropping $7000 per week, after the federal government pays 75 per cent of our salaries and wages. We have now a variety of payments to pay on this 140,000 sq. foot operation. Large enterprise, medium enterprise, small enterprise…it’s all relative. Our visitor flows can now not be shut off with out shutting us down as a result of we’re eating places, we’re shops with inventories, we’re locations away from house and locations to relaxation. We are able to rely and we will distance!
Within the North, it’s time to let folks handle their lives once more. You gave us the instruments, now it’s time to again off. Deal with the congested south. Permit the North to occupy their a whole lot of acres per particular person whereas cities proceed to fight the congestion.
The Water Tower Inn has a present COVID coverage, acclaimed ceaselessly by our present room friends as wonderful. We have now giant eating places, kitchens, pool space we want to function at 50 per cent occupancy or much less. We have now rigorously supported 14 salaried employees and several other hourly staff over the past 10 weeks. Now we wish to interact extra employees who want pay.
We wish to open in 10 days together with all different medium and small companies who serve the general public utilizing all our services and to apply hospitality once more, if summer season journey develops, on the identical time sustaining authorities guidelines relating to the utmost quantity of people that can congregate in teams.
Thanks for the inexperienced mild and will we be told with 5 days’ discover we’re good to go!
The Water Tower Inn
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
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